Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
(Dune Chronicles, Book 3)

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It's sometimes gripping, but dreadfully overwritten (""the parched glissando of moonglow"") and self-important beyond description.
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The desert planet of Arrakis has begun to grow green and lush. The life-giving spice is abundant. The nine-year-old royal twins, possesing their father's supernatural powers, are being groomed as Messiahs.

But there are those who think the Imperium does not need messiahs...

 

About Frank Herbert

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Frank Herbert worked originally as a journalist, but then turned to science fiction. His Dune series has had a major impact on that genre. Some critics assert that Herbert is responsible for bringing in a new branch of ecological science fiction. He had a personal interest in world ecology, and consulted with the governments of Vietnam and Pakistan about ecological issues. The length of some of Herbert's novels also helped make it acceptable for science fiction authors to write longer books. It is clear that, if the reader is engaged by the story---and Herbert certainly has the ability to engage his readers---length is not important. As is usually the case with popular fiction, it comes down to whether or not the reader is entertained, and Herbert is, above all, an entertaining and often compelling writer. His greatest talent is his ability to create new worlds that are plausible to readers, in spite of their alien nature, such as the planet Arrakis in the Dune series.
 
Published September 1, 1991 by Ace Books.
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jan 01 2008

It's sometimes gripping, but dreadfully overwritten (""the parched glissando of moonglow"") and self-important beyond description.

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Reviewed by Douglas Malcolm on Jan 01 2008

Mr. Herbert gets back to the formula that made Dune such a great read. Equal parts political intrique and action set in a detailed universe. If you've read the first two, you will not be disappointed here.

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